Strategic Plan enters new phase

While students were still on break, all on campus was not idle. The Strategic Planning team, in particular, was working harder than ever. The Steering committee, comprised of twenty-seven faculty and staff, joined by President Kington, convened on January 17th for an all-day workshop to consider as a group 72 ideas that have come from…

Shribman on politics

David Shribman, is the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, since 2003. Before Pittsburgh, he was the assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe. Prior to that, he covered national politics for The New York Times, The Washington Star and The Wall Street Journal. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize…

Bacteria Closes Weight room

Looking for an excuse to skip your next trip to the gym? Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS) had to shut down the Bear Athletic Center weight room on January 18 and 19 after discovering an undisclosed bacteria.  Despite several rumors concerning the identity of the bacteria, Student Health Coordinator Deb Shill assured that although…

First-Years Flood SGA Senator Elections

This SGA election cycle, a remarkable number of first years declared their candidacy for senator, dominating senator elections and potentially changing the dynamics of Joint Board politics. First-years are not constitutionally allowed to be senators in their first semester, so there is always an uptick in the spring, but this year’s class is exceptionally large….

Students Support legal action against Monsanto

Occupy Grinnell members and allies gathered outside of the local Monsanto Plant with the purpose of a non-violent protest against the large corporation and its effects on organic farming on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The same day, in New York, members of around 60 family farms, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations were facing Monsanto as…

Why Occupy Grinnell matters

Since its inception last fall, the reaction I receive most frequently from my fellow students when I tell them about Occupy Grinnell is something along the lines of: Really? What’s the point? And that is completely understandable. Superficially, the prospect of extending the Occupy Wall Street movement—which began as an encampment in Manhattan’s Financial District…

Need for diversity in the curriculum

This semester marks the first time since the 2008-2009 academic year that Asian American Contemporary Issues has been offered at Grinnell. Before that, the College never offered this course and, when the professor of both sections—Maxwell Leung—returns to the California College of the Arts at the end of the year, it is unknown when it…

Seeds to grow a brighter future in Grinnell

Imagine Grinnell, a non-profit foundation on a mission “to improve quality of life in Grinnell, support a healthy environment, and compliment local economic development efforts” (according to an emailed statement) is hosting a seed sale to benefit the Grinnell Community Garden. Themed packages of heirloom seeds are being sold for ten dollars apiece and include…